Saturday, August 31, 2013

Wayfare Tavern

Wayfare TavernAnother restaurant. Another celebrity chef.  Chef/owner Tyler Florence is well-known to viewers of the Food Channel and has several cookbooks in his name as well.  Wayfare Tavern is his culinary outpost where he brings to life traditional American food in very interesting surroundings.  The animal heads on the walls, the gold eagles on their plates, the pewter plates and curved Windsor chairs all add up to a lot of atmosphere.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Irish Stew and Oyster Stout

Like neighbouring England, some of the best food in Ireland is of the simplest kind.  Then what better place than one of the old-world pubs to try some local food with the drinks?  TimeOut had recommended the Porterhouse in the Temple Bar area, so after a walk through Dublin Castle and Trinity College here I was.  The Porterhouse is a large pub with three levels, an excess of wood and lots of old-world charm.  It is also Dublin's oldest microbrewery pub that only sells its own beer labels.


Saturday, August 24, 2013

In Ireland!

Temple Bar DublinI am always excited when visiting a new country and this time was no different!  I peered out eagerly from my window as the aircraft banked smoothly through the clouds over Dublin airport on a bright, clear morning. Immigration was a breeze and soon I was off on my way chatting with my talkative and friendly driver as he drove me down to my hotel.  It didn't take me much time to realise that being friendly is pretty much the norm; I find the Irish the friendliest and most welcoming people in the West.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

A Taste of Kashmir

The unique cuisine of Kashmir is said to date back to the early 16th century when Timur invaded India, but its food underwent considerable change as immigrants from Samarkand (in modern day Afganistan) arrived.  Mutton and rice are staples that are cooked together and separately in a variety of forms.  Fish and a variety of interesting local vegetables such as the lotus stem from local lakes make up other parts of their extravagant cuisine.


Saturday, August 03, 2013

Trois Kitchen & Wine Bar

Trois Kitchen & Wine Bar, PuneNew restaurants now keep showing up in all corners of Pune with predictable regularity - a sign of the rapid growth underway in this lovely city.  It was only a week or two ago that we noticed Trois Kitchen & Wine Bar which recently opened its door in my neighbourhood.  The restaurant is housed in a glass-fronted bungalow that provides both indoor as well as open-air terrace seating for a romantic dining experience. Well, truly romantic only if you can ignore the incessant honking of Indian traffic on busy Central Avenue in Kalyani Nagar!